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to be real -- the change house to be real. i think president assad has to respond to this aspiration of his people rather than resisting it. >> for more on that resistance, i spoke with the u.s. state department's formal -- former special advisor now out the atlantic council's career center for the middle east. thank you for coming in. believe me, they are trying to be diplomatic. it is time for assad to go, but is he making any push to go? >> i think is going to be very difficult for him to be -- to make progress in light of what president assad had to say a few days ago in the damascus opera house. i think that mr. beldini -- mr. bohimi at this point is placing an emphasis on getting support from americans and others. the transitional government of national unity, so to speak, that the united states and russia would try to then sell to the u.n. security council. >> is there any indication that moscow is prepared, or moving toward the decision of putting its eggs in assad's basket is not the thing to do? are you seeing any shift in russia's position? >> i do not detect a shift in the posit
>>> issue three. assad's call to arms. >> syria's president, bashar al- assad issued a call for a quote unquote total national mobilization. to defeat syrian nationals rebelling against him. the conflict is nearly two years old. it is estimated to have killed more than 60,000 people. assad's speech hammered home how far out of reach a political answer is to the civil war now raging. the u.n., by the way, is describing the hostility as a civil war. assad was addressing an audience of loyalists in the opera house in central e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e importance of total mobilization. "syria will only exit this calamity by converting this energy into a total national mobilization to save the country from the clutches of a crisis that has no precedent in this region." the address marked president assad's first address to the nation in more than six months. he denies there was a popular uprising against his family's rule. now in he called the conflict and insurgency a handful of syrians and many foreigners, terrorists holding the views of al qaeda. they call themselves jihaddists and we
of high-end knit wear. now to syria where president bashar al assad made a rare speech and was in rare form today as he blasted the opposition and defiantly resisted international calls for him to step down. cnn's mohammed jamjun joins us from syria. this was his first speech since june. what was his message? >> his message was similar. as rare as that has been in the past whenever he has spoken. he remains entrenched, defiant. he defied international calls for him to step down. he blamed what was happening in syria as a foreign conspiracy. called the opposition terrorists and traitors, and denied there was a revolution going on in syria. said it wasn't a fight between the government and the opposition, but rather a fight between sir yarks the holeland and its enemy. and here's what he had to say about that point. >> translator: this is a conflict between authority and power or between the enemies of the homeland. this is a conflict between those who wanted to take revenge against the people. to fragment syria. those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god. and the enemie
and the religion of syria's president assad. if he is overthrown, will all alawites become targets? >>> and bob faw on what some catholic school systems are doing to try to survive? >> our educational system was imploding. enrollment-wise, finance wise, something radical, radical surgery had to be done. >> announcer: major funding for "religion & ethics news weekly" is dedicated to i founder's interest in religion, community development and education. additional funding also provided by mutual of america, designing customized individual group and retirement products. that's why we're your retirement company. the january henson foundation, and the corporation for public broadcasting. >>> welcome, i'm bob abernethy. it's good to have you with us. arguments continue over the so-called "fiscal cliff" deal approved this week in the fina minutes of the 112th congress. and religious groups are among those weighing in. the family research council criticized the deal for not including spending cuts and entitlement reforms. meanwhile, leaders of the christian group bread for the world said while the measure
's embattled president, bashar al assad. nbc's stephanie gosk monitoring developments for us tonight from cairo. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. bashar al assad does not show up in public much these days. his last speech was back in june. he spoke live today to his country, conceding nothing and as defiant as ever. in a packed opera theater in damascus, supporters jumped to their feet and cheered for syria's president. "we will die for you," they shouted. the syrian leader did propose a new political solution to syria's conflict, a cease-fire, national reconciliation. eventually, a new constitution. but most of his address seemed to prove just how far off that possibility really is. he called the opposition terrorists, puppets of the west. assad said his government will not negotiate until regional countries stop funding rebel fighters. >> he still thinks that much of the opposition is fundamentally illegitimate. he blames them for the violence. he is trying to remind his foreign sponsors in places like iran and russia that he still is interested in a fight. >> repor
morning with us. take a listen to this. that is an audience in syria cheering for their president assad. he made a rare speech in damascus and at one point the crowd was cheering blood ask sacrifice must be for you, assad. tens of thousands of syrians have been killed and even more have fled their homeland. cnn's mohammed jamjoon is watching things from beirut. break down for us what he had to say. >> well, randi, assad remained defiant and he gave a rambling speech in which he blamed a conspiracy for what was going on in syria and he denied his military was the cause of the violence that has engulfed the country for 21 months. he called the opposition there terrorists and traitors. any solution for any kind of peace or political solution in syria must come from within syria and must be the solution that he delivers. he stood firm against calls by the international community and the syrian opposition for him to step down. and, by the end of it, he did offer what he was calling an initiative in which there would be a national dialogue, a conference, a new charter for a new constitution.
prolonged period change house to be real -- the change house to be real. i think president assad has to respond to this aspiration of his people rather than resisting it. >> for more on that resistance, i spoke with the u.s. state department's formal -- former special advisor now out the atlantic council's career center for the middle east. thank you for coming in. believe me, they are trying to be diplomatic. it is time for assad to go, but is he making any push to go? >> i think is going to be very difficult for him to be -- to make progress in light of what president assad had to say a few days ago in the damascus opera house. i think that mr. beldini -- mr. bohimi at this point is placing an emphasis on getting support from americans and others. the transitional government of national unity, so to speak, that the united states and russia would try to then sell to the u.n. security council. >> is there any indication that moscow is prepared, or moving toward the decision of putting its eggs in assad's basket is not the thing to do? are you seeing any shift in russia's position? >>
: a rare public appearance of assad addressing torn nation. for first time in six months. leland vitter has more. >> this speech is a combination of the same old, same old, all the rebels are terrorists. we're going to continue to fight and win this war, but it also provided a little bit of diplomatic cover not only for the syrians but also for their allies so the russians can now say, look, assad offered a peace plan and rebels won't talk. they would call it optics and they are important here. assad trying to get control live on state tv. a reminder that a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite offers for negotiation he was clear he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. to the past 20 ms. he says the rebels, we are seeing a growing number of fighters from foreign countries and much more turning syria into a islamic state. rebels say they aren't interested while assad is power. assad has shown he has well more than nine lives of a cat. last summer the state department said they thought damascus would fall within 36 hours. clearly ass
to the asad -- assad regime, and trying to insist the planes land for inspection. they have just done two inspections, and one plane was empty from damascus. it's a good question, and i think the answer is a complicated one, but i would say two things, in any country that is a newly emerging country, there is a sense of nationalism that you have to contend with which is legitimate. they have air own government and leaders. you can't dictate to them what to do, and there are a lot of states in the region that have their -- trying to meddle in iraq, the iranians big time, turkey, gulf states, trying to exert influence inside iraq, but, also, a big part of the answer is, really, what's happened to the united states? the american government is conflicted on iraq. the obama administration, itself, was ambivalent about whether to keep forces in iraq beyond 2011 or not, and, in fact, president obama campaigned on the ten in a minute that he had extra kateed forces from iraq completely, planned to, the military hoped to keep 5,000 to 15,000 there, including to fight al-qaeda, so, you know, when t
and describe a national reconciliation conference and a new syrian constitution. guest: president assad has adopted a bellicose reaction to the rebellion. it is not an all-out civil war. throughout this conflict, he has adopted this tone that these people are terrorists and criminals. 60,000 syrians have been killed in the civil war. he is going to come middle ground to the rebels who think they are winning at this point. host: cure associated press is pointing out this is his first speech since last june theory his opponents are -- the associated press is pointing out that this is his first speech since last june. guest: the rebels are winning this conflict. the question is how long will it go on and how many syrians have to die before the assad regime toppled or some deal is reached to send him into exile. there is no deal that leaves him sharing any power. host: if he goes into exile, which country will take him? guest: russia has been his biggest backer. it comes immediately to mind as someone who would want to take someone responsible for the death of 60,000. host: during the conflict,
assad in months. tonight we asked alex marquardt to read between the lines. is this a leader who thinks he can survive? >> reporter: president assad mobbed by supporters at his first address to the nation in over half a year. in front of the faces of soldiers who had died, he slammed the west and called for political dialogue to end almost two years of war. regional and western states should stop furnding, arming and sheltering rebels, he said, who should also stop all acts of terrorism. assad said the military would then stop fighting and peace talks could start. we will negotiate with the ones that are behind those puppets, he said. we want a dialogue with the master, not with the servants. the united nations says the civil war has left more than 60,000 syrians dead. in his only interview with american media during this conflict, assad told abc's barbara walters that his forces targeted terrorists, not civilian protesters. >> what is the misconception if there is any, about the protests? >> we don't kill our people. nobody kills -- no government in the world kills its people unless --
and senator john kerry expected to take over. >>> rare speech from syrian president bashar assad has drawn a quick and blunt reaction from the obama administration. a defiant assad rejected international calls to step down and tried to justify his crackdown on anti-government rebels. he outlined plans for a national reconciliation conference and new constitution as well. but the u.s. state department says the syrian leader is "detached from reality." >> spokesperson for the state department released a statement saying, quote, assad has lost legitimacy and must step aside to enable a political solution and democratic transition that meets aspirations of the syrian people. you would think at this point. 60,000 syrians have been killed since this broke out two years ago. how do you negotiate peace with that much blood on the streets? >> exactly. what is fascinating is what he is floating as something that he floated years ago, and -- just, didn't have any teeth. just wasn't credible. i think also, at this point. even the turkish head of state, former ally, is speaking out against assad. he ju
by the syrian president bashar assad his first since june. yesterday he laid out what he called a peace plan which included new constitution and a, quote: national reconciliation conference. at the same time the syrian president urged his supporters not to give up the fight against the rebel forces whom he called murderous criminals. hello mirror. the secretary general is disappointed bashar assad has no plan at all to i understand the suffering of syria's men women and children. the civil war has killed more than 60,000 people since it broke out nearly two years ago. the chief fox report correspondent jonathan hunt is with us. jonathan, some the rhetoric from assad just astounding and some response from the united states. >> yeah. the same thing we have heard again and again it appears to be groundhog day in both damascus and washington. president assad talking once again about the way he says he is committed to what he calls a national dialogue but at the same time condemning anyone who fights his regime as either a terrorist or a criminal. officials here in the u.s. condemning that kind
, this round of sanctions? we're going to talk about that. >>> syria's president assad proposing a peace deal to end the blood did i civil war. he is out with a new proposal. why it is being rejected next. [ indistinct conversations ] [ male announcer ] when you wear dentures you may not know it, but your mouth is under attack. food particles infiltrate and bacteria proliferate. ♪ protect your mouth, with fixodent. the adhesive helps create a food seal defense for a clean mouth and kills bacteria for fresh breath. ♪ fixodent, and forget it. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. jenna: welcome back. everybody one. we await the president's announcement today for two new nominees for the secretary of defense and the head of cia there are some brand new developments in the iran nuclear showdown we want to talk to you about. the u.s. is again tighting the economic news noose by releasing ne
for reconciliation from assad is another day of intense fighting a few miles from assad's home base. leland vittert on reaction to assad's message. >> with blood and souls we defend you chanted supporters for his first televised speech in more than six months. we are now in a state of war in every sense of the word, he said speaking live on state tv, appearing in control. he called those fighting against him foreign terrorists. a revolution is normally a movement of the people continued into the revolution of those imported from outside to revolt against the people. despite heavy losses, still rebels fighting the arm dismissed the offer to negotiate. we fight this man bogged down on the rebel front line. the man who calls himself the president, he is the head of a terrorist gang. assad received a number of standing ovations from a crowd of hand picked supporters, especially as he offered to reform all the syrian institution except the presidency. the u.s. state department was equally unimpressed with his offer as they were of the crowd. >> you see them, renting a mob is not that difficult. >> despi
. >> i'm shannen bream in tonight for harris falkner: assad gives a rare speech to supporter and what he says from the u.s. state department. urging syrians to defend their country against the rebels who started against his regime two years ago. it's now a civil war. and 60,000 people estimated to have been killed since it began, saying in a statement. assad's speech today is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the syrian people's goal of a transition. leland vittert has more from the u.s. bureau. >> shannon, this speech is a combination of the same old-same old, it provided diplomatic covers not only for the syrians, but their allies, russian, not offered a peace plan and the rebels won't even talk. in u.s. politics, they would call it the optics and they're important. president assad looking in control and on state tv and speaking to adoring crowd, remind they're a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite the offers of negotiation, he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. in the past 20
with state republicans saying they won't stand in its way. al-assad governor cuomo's beach, an estimated crowd of over 1000 people gathered for protest urging him to reject the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. cuomo faces a major decision next month when a state moratorium on fracking is set to expire. the demonstrators included legendary folk singer and upstate new york piece singer, who led the crowd and a rendition of the folk classic, "this land is your land." from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters this land was made for you and me ♪ this land is your land this land is my land from california to the new york islands from the redwood forest to the gulf stream waters this plan was made for you and me ♪ >> pc your joining about 1000 people singing "this land is your land." secretary labor hilda solis has announced resignation at a president obama's second term beginning later this month. she is the first latina had a federal agency and known for her public support of unions,io pushing measures including the employee free choice act, which would
bashar al-assad is vowing to continue his government's fight against rebel groups while ruling out talks with the armed opposition. in his first public address in six months, al-assad called syrian rebels a tool of foreign intervention. >> we are now in a state of war in every sense of the word. we are confronting a vicious, external war. this form of war is more fragmenting and more dangerous than conventional war because it does [indiscernible] it pulls us into carrying out this plan. this war targets syria using a handful of syrians and many foreigners. it is trying to use us to tear down our trees and destroy our foundation. it is with pity this is happening with the help from some our own. >> al-assad said he is open a dialogue but only with those opposition groups tolerated by his regime. his appearance came days after the u.n. reported the death toll from nearly two years of fighting in syria has reached around 60,000. in the rebel-held town of aleppo, syria residents said his fellow citizens don't trust assad. >> any normal citizen listening to his speech heard him say that he as
.s. officials dismissing bashar al-assad's statement as meaning lease to cling to power. what did president bashar al-assad say for the first time in several weeks. >> essentially the president said the same old thing we've been hearing for a longtime. i'm going to stay in power, we are at war and it's time for syrians to fight for their country. he proposed a peace plan which everyone else laughed at because they said it involved bashar al-assad staying in power, and they say it showed that bashar al-assad had lost touch with reality. this is bashar al-assad very much in control. he has a lot of supporters there in the damascus opera house there in the capitol from which he was speaking, a lot of applause there and was speaking live on state television. his detractors will say what what they will, but many people have predicted bashar al-assad's demise over the past 18 or 20 months, they say his days are over. this is a president very much in control of his capitol and much of his country, bill. bill: does that speech change anything on ground, leland. >> reporter: not rile the violence co
assad, and then a discussion on the future of u.s. energy policy. at 11:00 p.m., "q&a" with timothy naftali, former director of the nixon presidential library. >> studentcam video and trees are now do, friday, january 18, for your chance at the ground prize -- the grand prize. for more information, go to studentcam.org. >> in a rare address to the nation, syrian president bashar al assad talked about moving forward but made no mention of stepping down. he proposed a new constitution, which he said would have new laws. he thanked russia and china for their support of syria and stressed that his country would defend itself against outside forces. the last time the syrian president addressed was in 2012. this comes to was courtesy of aljazeera english. -- comes to us. >> and this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. [crowd chanting] not so long after, it was said that maybe as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives in during the course of the 21- month conflict. while our translators are standing by to bring you -- pres
. >> syria? >> yes, syria. >> thanks, jay. after theyve all seen president assad delusional speech on sunday, and today u.n. envoy brahimi actually for the first time he said that its a lost opportunity and there is no political process after this speech. so it seems that after two months, things look even worse than ever before. whats your step forward from this point? >> well, ill say a few things. the speech by bashar al-assad was, indeed, evidence of how delusional he is. the proposal he made was nothing more than a desperate attempt to cling to power, and it would only allow the regime to continue its oppression and killing of the syrian people. the momentum in syria is with opposition forces and with the syrian people. it is clear that as defections continue -- and weve seen a number of them -- and the regime continues to lose control of territory, that assad cannot restore his control of syria. the future in syria does not and will not include bashar al-assad. he has lost all legitimacy, as we have said, and he must step aside to enable a political solution that ends the bloodshed and
today from bashar al assad, and more bloodshed throughout the country. >>> a syrian opposition group says at least 101 people were killed today nationwide. 28 died in de mass cass and the suburbs, 22 in aleppo. as the bombs were falling and the bullets flying, the syrian president lashed out at rebels during his first public speech in seven months. assad was affectionately mobbed by a crowd of adorning supporters in the capital. he told his people and the world that syria is not undergoing the revolution and as long as terrorists are in the country they will not stand down. >> translator: this is a conflict between authority at power or between the enemies of the homeland. this is a conflict those who wanted to take revenge against the people to fragment syria. those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god. and the enemies of god will go to hell. >> assad also laid out a plan to end the war starting with foreign can'ts ending their support for what he calls terrorists. his speech drew immediate condemnation from leaders notice u.s. and britain. >>> the dangers in syria
president assad to step down as a precondition for talks. very little is changing with the diplomatic efforts. the united states and europe press for ah assad to step down. russia backs assad as the violence continues in syria, uma. >> coming up on america's news headquarters. starting this spring our troops will have a different mission. >> president obama discusses that mission in the weekly address this one day after meeting with afghan president karzai. stay with us. stouffer's is proud to make america's favorite lasagna... with hand-layered pasta, tomatoes, and real mozzarella cheese. but what makes us even prouder... is what our real dinners can do for your family. stouffer's. let's fix dinner. if we took the already great sentra apart and completely reimagined it? ...with best-in-class combined mpg... and more interior room than corolla and civic? ...and a technology suite with bluetooth, navigation and other handy stuff? yeah, that would be cool. introducing the all-new nissan sentra. it's our most innovative sentra ever. nissan. innovation that excites. now get a $169-per-mon
a new peace proposal from syrian president ba bash sar assad. calling for assad to step aside saying his claim is an attempt at staying in power. the u.n. estimates the up rising that began against assad's regime nearly two years ago claimed at least 60,000 4r50i6s. i am mary ann raf perrafferty. you are watching the most powerful name in news, fox news channel. huckabee. >> in 1986 this woman was walking to work in new york. she passed an 11-year-old boy named maurice who said he was hungry and he asked her for money to buy food. she kept walking but then stopped and walked back to morris and offered to take him to mcdonalds for a burger. his mom was on drug and his dad in a street gaining. she knew he needed more than just a meal that afternoon. for the next four years they met every monday for lunch and today, after 26 years, they consider each other family. their story is told in a remarkable new book called the invisible thread. one welcome laura and maurice. [applause] >> this is one of the most touching and inspiring stories that i have read in a long time. the book is fantastic.
. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare public speech. assad said he's standing firm against global calls for him to step down. he laid out his own plan for dealing with syria's civil war. a u.s. state department spokeswoman says assad's plan is detached from reality and assad should resign immediately. >>> pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. drone strike killed 17 people today. today's attack follows two suspected u.s. drone strikes last week that killed 15 people, including a taliban commander with ties to the pakistani military. demonstrators protested against drone strikes thursday and burned a u.s. flag. >>> well, the man accused in one of the country's worst mass murders goes to court tomorrow. a judge will decide whether there's enough evidence for 25-year-old james holmes to stand trial. he faces more than 150 counts, including first-degree murder and attempted murder in the aurora, colorado, movie theater shooting last july. 12 people were
of course needs to be ratified by the players. >>> turningover seas, syria's president assad gave a rare speech in the midst of a violent civil war. hi, stephanie. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jenna. al assad hasn't addressed his country since june. he is rarely seen in public. today he was greeted by a packed and boisterous at times auditorium. he blamed the crisis in syria on "terrorists," including al qaeda and those countries in the region that continue to fund them. there was little to no mention of syrians that have picked up arms against the country. he talked about a political initiative, including a new government, new constitution, and amnesty. he said that could not go forward until the foreign funding of the rebels came to an end. the european union responded very quickly to assad and said no political proposal could move forward until assad steps down. syrian president made no mention of that happening. jenna? >>> stephanie, thank you very much. >>> another major shooting to report from aurora, colorado. a standoff lasted several hours and a shoot-out ended after
:00 on c-span's q&a. >> in a rare address to the nation, the syrian president bashar al-assad. he proposed a new constitution that he said would include new laws for the party's and local administration. he think russia and china for their support of syria and stressed that his country would defend themselves from outside forces. the last time he addressed the nation was in june 2012. coverage comes to us courtesy of al-ajzeera english. -- al- jazeera english. >> this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. official figures in united nations said as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives during the course of the 21 month conflict. [chanting] our translator is standing by [applause] -- by. [applause] president bashar al-assad, live from the syrian capital. >> ladies and gentlemen, today i look at your faces and the faces of the people of my country with sadness and pain. i look at the eyes of the children of syria. i'd look at the hands of the elderly today, pain and suffering is spread all over syria. safety and security are a
. the prisoner exchange took place just days after assad promised to continue fighting the rebels. it is seen as an indication that the syrian government is willing to negotiate with the rebels, despite public declarations of the contrary. >> in mali, there are fears that violence could escalate. rebel fighters have told al jazeera they took prisoners and a resident reports hearing heavy weapons firing. the army sent reinforcements to the area to push back rebel groups who already control over two-thirds of the country. violence in kenya has killed at least eight people in a troubled region. more than 100 farmers were armed with machetes, guns, and bows and arrows. police are investigating politicians and business leaders in the area for any suspected role they may have played in the attack. the incident happened despite the deployment of over 1000 security forces in the region. talks have begun for a solution to the crisis in gabon. there is little sign that either side is ready to make a deal. >> their leaders are talking peace, while on the ground, the rebels are in position, ready to cont
. troops that are level to assad have captured most of the strategic suburb in the capital of damascus. since the uprising in syria begin two years ago, united nations says 60,000 people have been killed. this year the u.n. envoy dealing with syria predicts the total to hit 100,000. as all this violence rages more than 50 countries or calling on the security council to bring in the international criminal court. corner powell is live with the latest. >> reporter: a letter will be handed over to the u.n. security council referring syria to the international criminal court. with this move it opens up syrian leaders for prosecution for war crimes. as the diplomatic move is occurring the violence in syria is also still maintaining the same type of brutal pace we've seen over the course of the last two-year. syrian rebels say they have captured a base in the north. assad regime has used air power to bomb civilians across syria. rebels rocket launchers and tanks and with the capture of this air base they will be able to limit the number of air strikes that syrian jets are able to launch in no
blaming outside forces including al qaeda for the violence. bashar al assad dismissing any prospect of meeting with the rebel leaders. was anyone at all surprised that president assad ignored the scope and the root causes, if you will, of the uprising there? >> reporter: not entirely. we haven't seen a lot of bashar al assad in recent months. this was a big speech. he presented it in damascus in a crowded auditorium. he spoke for nearly an hour and really at the end of the speech probably isn't going to change much. he called -- we heard familiar refrains. he called the opposition terrorists and accused them of being made up mostly of al qaeda and made little mention of syrians taking arms against his government and countries in the region are funding and arming the opposition and says he won't negotiate until they stop funding them and went on to propose a new political initiative which would include eventually a new government, new constitution, national reconciliation but said that won't happen until the weapons are put down and these quote/unquote terrorists are no longer funded
are in the middle of winter. no blankets. it is a very grim picture for people. >> bashar al assad still in power, not going to step down. russia the key player there. that is just one outside influence. we have the united states and the u.k. wanting him to step aside. you have things happening to the south and to the coast. what sort of environment are we looking at in terms of what assad might do next? >> it is extremely chaotic and unpredictable. because of the internationalization, much has been said this is part of war. with the money coming into it and the weapons, money from the gulf country to the rebels. it is a regional conflict. the fighting is taking place and has regional complications. >> chemical weapons. i believe his statement is he said earlier he is alluding to the chemical weapons and said it could involve u.s. troops saying you have to keep the possibility that if there is a peaceful transition and international organizations get involved that they might ask for assistance in that situation. so defense secretary paneta discussing troops and the weapons. >> for u.s. and israel
and missiles. and defiant new remarks by al assad are dashing hopes the fighting will end anytime soon. cnn's nick payton walsh is in beirut. >> reporter: france today echoed western condemnation of assad's speech on sunday. saying he was in denial of reality and, quote, not fooling anyone. i think what we can really take away from his very defiant tone in front of loyal crowds in a theater in damascus is really the end of all efforts for a peaceful settlement by u.n. and even by moscow's diplomats. there had been such high hopes that it would result in some sort of nudge towards assad giving a political concession or finding some kind of settlement. the way ahead, many fear, is the escalation of violence as we go into the military end game here. assad clear he's simply not going to give up power. as that violence escalates, of course the concern is for the humanitarian situation. half a million refugees registered in syria's neighbors. fears that will mount by hundreds of thousands if the violence escalates. the larger fear now in the months ahead. bitter chill of winter hitting these peop
forward from this point? >> i'll say a few things, the speech by al-assad was indeed evidence of how delusional he is. the proposal he made was nothing more than a desperate attempt to cling to power. if would only allow the regime to killing the oppression and killing of the syrian people. the momentum in syria is with opposition forces and with the syrian people. it's clear as defections continue and we have seen a number of them, and the regime continues to lose control of territory, that assad cannot restore his control of syria. the future in syria does not and will not include bashar al-assad. he has all legitimate sei and he must step aside to end the bloodshed. the united states will continue the support for the agree knee have a action group framework endorsed by the five permanent of the u.n. security council, the arab league within and the u.n. generally assembly. we will continue our support to build international support for the framework and all parties in syria to take steps toward the implement takes to help expedite an end to the suffering of the syrian people. and b
president bashar al assad in damascus, as he gave a rare personal speech to the country, his first since june. assad called for mobilization in this fight, compared rebel forces to al qaeda, and dismissed national efforts to mediate the crisis, saying syria refused to be, quote, puppets of the west. >>> west coast headlines are next with a price strike in a new health care law, which was supposed to prevent any kind of strike. >>> plus the challenges for chuck hagel's nomination as defense secretary. is he worth fighting for? >>> some head linlines making n out on the west coast. the yakima herald republic in washington state has this headline. "gop looks more divided post cliff." it's about how headlining party may not be able to negotiate the debt ceiling. >>> and the press democrat has "health care rates spike," it's about health care companies seeking big premium increases for customers even though one of the biggest objectives of the health care law was to stem the loss to consumers. >>> and the mail tribune in medford, oregon, has this headline. "despite our best efforts, folks kee
congressional panel gives us an inside look? syrian president assad makes his first public appearance in months. details on his defiant speech coming up next. it did house rule number 53. big time taste should fit in a little time cup. new single serve cafe collections from maxwell house now available for use in the keurig k-cup brewer. always good to the last drop. we don't let frequent heartburn come between us and what we love. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day afr day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get heartburn in the first place! [ male announcer ] e pill eachmorning. 24 hours. zero heartbur >> president obama's gun control plan appears to be taking shape now. peter doocy standing by with some of the top stories. >> a senior administration official says the white house is taking a broad approach with gun laws being only part of the issue. the washington post reports a working group is considering universal bangground checks for buyers and tracking the sale and movement of weapons. new jersey governor chris christie says there are more im
nations. our translator is standing by to bring you president bashar al- assad, live. >> members of the government, ladies and gentlemen, today i would look at your faces and the faces of people of my country with sadness and pain. i look at the eyes of the children of syria and do not see an innocent smile on their faces. i look at the hands of the elderly and i see them praying for their children, daughters, and grandchildren. safety and security are absent in these streets. many women lost their children, many children became orphans. siblings have been divided. this pain is spread over the country. from the pain, hope is born. from difficulty, solutions come. a dark cloud would hide the sun, but it would provide rain and cleanliness that would provide goodness for the country. syria will not come out of its impulse unless it changes this into a solution that will bring the country out of its impulse but it has never witnessed in the history of this region. this is the only way we can remedy all the injuries and deep wounds that we have in syria and the only way to keep syria
refused to bring a $60 billion sandy bill up for a house vote. >>> syrian president bashar al assad defiant and refusing to step down. he made his first public speech dismissing any chances that he would stop the forces. he called on the west to stop funding them. >>> we're about to learn a lot more about accused aurora gunman james holmes and the evidence against him. we go live to colorado for a preview of today's hearing. that's coming up. but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. and they have six grams of sugars. with fifteen grams of protein to help manage hunger... look who's getting smart about her weight. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. >>> welcome back to "early start," everyone. in just a few hours, james holmes, the suspect in the aurora, colorado, shooting massacre will be in a hearing. prosecutors will be presenting evidence and for the first time the publ
is inspiring, he raised his voice from deep inside syria, raised his voice against the repeated lies, by assad. he defied the dictator, insisting on using his own names in interviews, talking about the crimes the regime has committed. he has done this knowing full well that the regime that has tortured and killed so many, could simply choose to do away with him. he insisted we broadcast his name. >> when i chant, i want freedom, i can hear my voice for the first time in my life. now, how can i give up this, even if it costs me my life? >> imagine that, a grown adult hearing his voice for the first time. well, three weeks ago, syrian secret police arrested him and his brother. today, we got great news, we learned he was freed. he became seriously ill during his detention, close to death and was not given medical treatment. he is with his family tonight in syria. his brother is in custody, and zedun and his family fear for his safety. you can go to a facebook page the family set up to get the latest on his brother's condition, to find out how to try to help secure his release. a relative says th
but also undermining those efforts by saying that the removal of president assad from power cannot be a precondition to talks. this comes as rebels have taken control of a strategically government air base in northern syria. syrian military helicopters. rocket launchers and tanks. >> for months syrian jets have pounded rebel fighters and civilians from above. some of the regime air strike is crucial to the opposition. particularly as cold winter weather has limited ground operation. with the help of god, we will not stop this rebel says no matter how difficult the circumstances become. if it's cold or snowy, we will persist until we are rid of this regime. set back as syrian troops reportedly took back control of a suburb outside damascus that rebels held fighting has intensified near the capital in recent months. on monday, 15 nations will submit a letter to the u.n. security council requesting that syria be referred to the international criminal court. this move would open up syrians on both sides of the conflict to war crime prosecution. but this latest diplomatic move will do l
, everyone. >>> in the news the defiant president bashar assad made a speech. he called for a national fight until in his words every terrorist is dead. >>> a shell oil rig that ran aground in alaska could be towed as early as today. naval architects said it was safe to move. the job will begin as soon as the weather is good enough. >>> former french citizen and actor gerard depardieu got a big welcome to his adopted new homeland. vladimir putin sat down with him and gave him at that point a russian passport. he left france because he says of its high taxes. >>> finally talk about a big catch, a bluefin tuna has sold at tokyo auction for a record 1.75 million bucks. how about that? >> that's a lot of money. >> three times the previous high making for some probably very expensive and hopefully very good sushi. >>> time over to the incomparable ginger zee. >> i like the adjective, ron. warm in miami and will stay that way. for the bowl tomorrow it will be dry. it hasn't been this morning and won't be for some of the day. let's look at the live shot there. powers back in the clouds i'm referrin
headlines, we have a fox news alert. syrian president assad a rare speech, first time since june he has addressed the public on the state of civil war in his country and assad is standing firm saying he will not step down, and all enemies of syria will quote, go to hell. the speech comes, and that's-- as syrian rebels are closer to the capital of damascus, 60,000 syrians have died during this two-year war. alabama teenager is behind bars in morning, arrested for plotting to blow up his high school. this is an all too familiar story. police say that the 17-year-old self-proclaimed white premises out to get a teacher and six other students and a teacher found his notebook and police found explosives in his home all set to go. >> and he could have gotten-- got out of there-- >> police say they think he learned to make the bomb from the internet. is justin bieber starting the new year off on a high note? tmz publishing picture they claim this is reportedly the singer smoking pot at a party in california. the biebs, he responded to pictures saying every day, growing and learning, trying to b
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